Kobi Levi’s Best Shoes: Chewing Gum and Banana Heels

Unless you’ve been staying away from your computer, you would’ve probably already come across these very weird yet absolutely amazing shoes from Kobi Levi.

And unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would’ve already seen or at least heard “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga, the video in which one of Kobi Levi’s own bizarre-o designs makes an appearance right on the very feet of LG herself (double boots with the toe in front and in the back, anyone?).

One look at Kobi Levi’s shoes is all it takes to understand why the Israeli footwear designer is getting all this attention (and a much sought-after and highly paid for celebrity endorsement to boot). Kobi Levi’s footwear designs are very unusual, wonderfully whimsical and, in their own crazy, unique and humoristic way, also unexpectedly beautiful.

Israeli shoe designer Kobi LeviIsraeli shoe designer Kobi Levi

Kobi Levi graduated from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem in 2001. In his CNN interview, he says he has been studying fine arts since fourth grade and found that footwear always somehow makes its way into his sketches, drawing and sculptures.

Now currently working as a freelance designer focusing on footwear design and development, Kobi Levi has  collaborated with many Israeli and international companies, designed commercial footwear for many different countries, and presented his designs in exhibitions all around the globe.

Still he says he’s not making money off these shoes nor is he out to make money off of them.

Take a look at part 1 of Kobi Levi’s wearable sculptures or “shoe creatures” as he likes to call them. We’ve arranged them according to inspiration because for us, that’s the only way to make any sense out of them. Would you buy or wear any of Kobi Levi’s footwear creations?

Inspired by everyday things and everyday situations

Market Trolley shoeMarket Trolley shoe, 1998

Market shoeMarket shoe, 1998

Rocking Chair shoeRocking Chair shoe, 2003

Kobi Levi Chewing Gum shoe

Kobi Levi Chewing Gum shoeKobi Levi Chewing Gum shoe, 2009

Slide shoeSlide shoe, 2010

Slingshot shoeSlingshot shoe, 2010

Contemporary Chinese chopstick stilettosContemporary Chinese shoe (chopstick stilettos), 2011

Ordinary shoe styles with an unexpected twist

Double Boot, 2000 (As worn by Lady Gaga and Racquel Zimmerman in the Double Boot, 2000 (As worn by Lady Gaga and Racquel Zimmerman in the “Born This Way” video)

Sport Elegant shoeSport Elegant shoe, 2001

Androgyne shoeAndrogyne shoe, 2002

Mother & Daughter shoeMother & Daughter shoe, 2011

Kobi Levi reassures people that his shoes, fantastical as they are, really and truly are 100% wearable.

“They’re always real shoes,” Levi says in his interview with CNN, “It’s never supposed to be just a toy.”

He adds: “I make each pair one by one, and they’re strong; technically, it can function like any other high-heeled shoe. It just looks kind of more crazy than usual so people sometimes cannot believe that it is wearable.”

He’s right, it really is hard to believe that his shoes really are wearable just by looking at them. There is one surefire way to find out though and that’s by trying the shoes out for yourself.

Kobi Levi is currently accepting custom orders for a selected few of his out-of-this-world shoe styles. Email [email protected] to place an order, buy his shoes or simply to get more details.

Inspired by the human body

Tongue shoeTongue shoe, 2005

Blow shoeBlow shoe, 2010 (Okay, so this one is technically inspired by a blow-up doll which is modeled after a human body anyway so it still fits)

Inspired by iconic images

Blond Ambition shoeBlond Ambition shoe, 2011

Olive Oyl shoeOlive Oyl shoe, 2011

Inspired by animals

Dog shoeDog shoe, 2010

Miao shoeMiao shoe, 2010

Toucan shoeToucan shoe, 2011

Mallard Duck shoeMallard Duck shoe, 2011

Swan shoeSwan shoe, 2011

Inspired by food

Banana Slip-On shoeBanana Slip-On shoe, 2010

Coffee Porcelain Version shoeCoffee Porcelain Version shoe, 2011

Coffee Diner Version shoeCoffee Diner Version shoe, 2011

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